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A dazzling carpet of desert candle (Caulanthus inflatus), lacy phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia), and hillside 
daisy (Monolopia lanceolata) carpeted Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obispo County in a wildflower 
“Super Bloom” following winter rains in 2017. Photo: Rob Badger & Nita Winter

In 1992, conservation photographer Rob Badger first experienced a rare and spectacular display of California wildflowers in the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, a state park in the Mojave Desert. Not wanting his partner and fellow photographer, Nita Winter, to miss what he was seeing, he returned to San Francisco to get her. They quickly drove back to the desert to enjoy and photograph this beauty together.

Bright blue desert Canterbury bells (Phacelia campanularia) and Bigelow’s monkey flower (Mimulus bigelovii) blossoming in a desert wash in Joshua Tree National Park. Photo: Rob Badger & Nita Winter

Desert chicory (Rafinesquia neomexicana). Photo: Rob Bad...

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